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Published January 12th 2015
Releasing the artist within
Move over Monet, a new wave of artists are creating masterpieces thanks to 'Paint it Up', the latest movement leaving an impression in Canberra.
Last night a friend and I attended a 'Paint it Up' event on behalf of WeekendNotes. Classes are held in bars around Canberra, with each one focussing on reproducing a different work of art. Last night's challenge was to create a Jellyfish. We arrived at 6.45pm for a 7pm start, a tad later than expected, but we had had some difficulty finding the venue. Digress Restaurant and Lounge is a funky Indian inspired establishment that greets you at the bottom of a staircase that opens up onto Akuna street. We ordered drinks and $10 curries (a special for those involved in the workshop) on arrival whilst we waited to begin. The room was completely set up with paints, brushes, aprons and the intimidating blank canvas...
Jane was our professional artist for the evening and she started by welcoming us and reassuring us that no experience was required and that 'Paint it Up' was about having fun in a no-stress environment where people of all ages and ability levels are encouraged to give painting a go. She explained that as kids we love to be creative and we genuinely love what we create, but at some point in our development many of us lose that confidence in ourselves. She wanted to convey to people how easy it was to paint something fabulous and through her step-by-step instructions each of us released the artist within and created our own masterpieces.
It was a fantastic night out and is easily one of the most creative events you can do in Canberra. It was a joy to catch up with friends, enjoy a few drinks and attempt something I hadn't done before in such a casual, welcoming and supportive environment.